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431 FLIGHT SUFFERS FIRST AIRCRAFT LOSS
The crew of a Glenn Martin Maryland reconnaissance aircraft have been reported missing today after they failed to return from a mission. The pilot has been named as Flying Officer Joseph Burgess, a Canadian serving in the RAF. The observer was Sergeant Brian Hubbard.
Both were serving in 431 Flight, the reconnaissance unit operating out of Malta. This is the first loss of an aircraft of the flight since it began operations in August. The unit has been undertaking frequent reconnaissance missions over Italian waters recently to monitor Axis shipping movements.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 9 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 10 NOVEMBER 1940
0730 hrs; 0831 hrs; 0900 hrs; 0930 hrs; 0938 hrs Wellington bombers land at Luqa.
1325-1409 hrs Air raid alert for twelve Italian CR42 fighters which approach the Island from the north east and fly over Grand Harbour, Luqa and Hal Far at 20000 feet. Anti-aircraft guns launch a heavy attack damaging one of the raiders. Malta fighters delay take-off following the report of a second enemy formation of bombers following behind but these turn back when still 35 miles from Malta.
0601-0650 hrs Air raid without prior warning by two CR42s which approach the Island and machine-gun Hal Far from a very low altitude, damaging one Swordfish aircraft on the ground. Defence posts at Kalafrana open fire: no claims.
Military casualties Flying Officer Joseph Burgess, pilot; Sergeant Brian Hubbard, observer, 431 Flight.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 1940
ROYAL NAVY HMS Abingdon arrived to reinforce the Malta minesweeping flotilla. Convoy MW3 of five ships arrived.
AIR HQ Arrivals 5 Wellingtons. Departures 1 Sunderland.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT Mine reported and explosion at Ras il Pellligrin.
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